WAG Gallery Ball 2015 Sold Out

Annual fundraiser on October 17 in support of youth programs to celebrate the triumph of Olympus 

Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 7, 2015: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is thrilled to announce that its annual Gallery Ball is sold out! The black tie evening that raises funds for the WAG’s Youth Programs takes place on Saturday, October 17. This year’s sold-out event provides guests the opportunity to dine like a deity in the splendour of the permanent collection galleries and to spend the evening with the impressive antiquities from the acclaimed exhibition Olympus: The Greco-Roman Collections of Berlin.

Guests can expect to enjoy a remarkable dining experience with delectable cuisine and a custom dessert and coffee bar; extraordinary live and silent auctions with artwork by prominent Manitoban and Canadian artists, exquisite jewellery, and luxurious travel excursions; and a thematic series of dance performances throughout the galleries choreographed by Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), considered the Mother of Modern Dance who was inspired by the ancient Greek passion for art and ideas.

“Each year thousands of young people in Manitoba enjoy the WAG’s Youth Programs that share the joys of creativity and encourage a love for the arts,” says WAG Director & CEO Dr. Stephen Borys. “Through art classes, school visits, Family Sundays, Summer Art Camps, and more, kids have the chance to experience all that art has to offer. Their horizons broaden as they learn to see the world from new perspectives. It’s fantastic to think that the money raised from just one Gallery Ball ticket enables 43 kids to visit the WAG!”

From the evening’s opening champagne reception until the after-dinner hours, a full programme of dance performances is scheduled to entertain and enrich the evening. A highlight includes the dances of Isadora Duncan from the Divine Dances collection. Thanks to generous local donors, dance professional Jeanne Bresciani is travelling from New York City to Winnipeg to perform. Known as “the foremost interpreter of Duncan’s work,” Bresciani is recognized internationally as a Duncan solo artist and has served as Artistic Director and Director of Education for the Isadora Duncan International Institute in New York since 1987.

“Support for Youth Programs ensures that our children have the opportunity to experience a cultural environment that encourages creativity and innovation,” comments Susan Skinner, Chair of Gallery Ball 2015. “Through the Gallery Ball, we are ‘investing’ in our community’s artistic future.”

A few of the notable items in this year’s live auction include a recent work by internationally renowned artist Wanda Koop from her VIEW from HERE series; a Boston Weekend Art Excursion with VIP treatment at four city art museums; a sketch of The Dancing Maenad by Winnipeg artist Tom Lovatt; and a Greek-inspired exterior door custom designed by Duraco windows.

Gallery Ball 2015 Committee: Susan Skinner (Chair), David Carr, Cora Eaton, Jane Gardner, Scott Gillam, Faye Hellner, Reannah J. Hocken, Sotirios Kotoulas, Lindsay Mackenzie, Melissa McRae Harrell, Tony Mitousis, Kris Olafson, Jim Pappas, Lesley Powell, Kalen Qually, Kathleen Reid, Sarah Secter, Lynne Smith Dark, Jason Syvixay, Advisory–Joyce Berry, Hazel Borys, Stephen Borys, Hennie Corrin, Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis, Scott McCulloch, Pam Simmons.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful to Presenting Sponsor 1832 Asset Management, and Gallery Ball sponsors: Gurevich Fine Art, Storm Catering, The Asper Foundation, Duraco Windows, Qualico, Doowah Design, Esdale Printing Company Ltd., HUT K, Florists Supply Ltd., Banville & Jones Wine Co., Aqua Vitae, Planned Perfectly, Unique Events, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Push Design, Adesa Auctions, Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, and all of this year’s corporate table sponsors, floral and dessert sponsors, and auction donors.

For details, visit galleryball.wag.ca, and for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #galleryball.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.



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